The will of the hockey player and the will of the wrestler are quite similar. In fact, they almost mirror each other. Each profession requires gruesome hours in the gym, a significant amount of time on the road away from the family, and the heart to get up each day prepared to take a beating.
Another major aspect of both professions is the dialogue. The conversation and debate which takes places among fans, analysts, and athletes alike. Of course, when the athletes themselves speak, people tune in with more vigorous hearing as interest is peaked and the possibility of slander is apparent.
In the wrestling world this is welcomed. Wrestlers are meant to trash-talk and are encouraged to do so in each promo they cut for the crowd. However, in the hockey world (or any other professional sport), shooting off at the mouth can lead to fines and suspensions, ultimately hurting the team.
Most of the time a hockey interview is pretty mundane. Players will discuss what happened on the ice, what they did wrong, what they need to improve upon moving forward, and all that clichéd sports speak. However, sometimes in the locker room a true character can be found.
The kind of character who just may make for a more interesting segment on Monday Night Raw than Hockey Night in Canada. The kind of character who a fan may find more interesting than certain wrestlers; namely, Roman Reigns, who serves as the focal point of this comparison piece.
It's no secret that Roman Reigns remains green and while his in-ring ability has certainly improved, Reigns still lacks the mic skills necessary to be the next mega-star. The way a Superstar works the mic is detrimental to their development and Reigns continues to struggles with this all-important part of the position.
Therefore, in this article we will take a nonconvertible look at hockey and wrestling as we compare the gift of gab.
These are the top 15 hockey players with better mic skills than Roman Reigns:
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15 Nick Foligno
Nick Foligno is not the most exciting NHL player. In fact, many fans of the game may not realize that Foligno serves as team captain over in Columbus. However, Foligno plays hard each night for the Blue Jackets.
During the All-Star festivities last season, Nick Folgina was selected to captain one of the squads, a situation which would showcase the lighter side of Foligno while selecting players during the Draft and being interviewed during the game.
In many ways, the All-Star Weekend helped Nick Foligno break out of his shell, a process still in the works with Roman Reigns.
14 Brent Burns
Perhaps his look alone garners him a spot on this list but Brent Burns certainly looks as though he could be a WWE Superstar, particularly a member of The Wyatt Family where Burns would fit in just fine.
Currently a member of the San Jose Sharks, Brent Burns draws a great deal of attention to himself which is a necessary component of being a professional wrestler. While there is nothing overtly fantastic about his mic skills, his speech holds attention.
This has been a major problem for Roman Reigns as many fans (especially older) have trouble maintaining interest.
13 Scott Hartnell
Scott Hartnell has been bouncing around the NHL for a while now and currently dawns the jersey of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hartnell has his ups and downs but never hides behind excuses.
Scott Hartnell is quick to admit when he needs to step up his game and there is always something endearing about that, as admitting to lackluster performance is never a favorite of any player.
When Scott Hartnell speaks there is a sense of sincerity in his voice, a sense that Roman Reigns must find somewhere within his being.
12 Claude Giroux
The captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, Claude Giroux has quickly become one of the most prominent team leaders in the NHL. Giroux may be from Ontario but he is in fact French-Canadian, which is evident in his speech.
Regardless of the accent, Claude Giroux has a certain charm to his voice; a Kevin Owens-like appeal which helps during interviews and makes Giroux seems slightly on the exotic side.
One would think with a Samoan background that Roman Reigns would also posses this exotic side while working a mic, but such is not the case.
11 John Scott
John Scott is a big, tough hockey player who has been voted in by the fans as an All-Star captain for the upcoming weekend. Scott will be given an opportunity to showcase his personality as a result.
However, if you follow the Arizona Coyotes, then you will already know that John Scott has personality and that usual bad ass demeanor that would work well in the wrestling world. Scott speaks volumes to the fans of his team.
Which is another troublesome aspect of Roman Reigns, the lack of connectivity. While on that mic a fan must feel as one with the Superstar.
10 Paul Bissonnette
Paul Bissonnette is currently skating in the AHL but could very-well find his way back to the main show soon. While in the NHL, Bissonnette played for the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes as well as a short stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Off the ice, Paul Bissonnette is quite a character and has attracted a large following on Twitter thanks to his outrageous commentary, which can also be heard in person when he finds himself in an interview situation.
Outrageous is always entertaining and unfortunately there is really nothing outrageous about a Roman Reigns promo.
9 Roberto Luongo
While Roberto Luongo approaches the end of his career, he will be remembered as one of the best goalies of the modern era. Luongo has not only represented the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks but Team Canada as well.
Along the way, many a-microphone has been shoved in the face of Roberto Luongo. The netminder has been cordial at times but has also voiced his opinion when necessary; an opinion usually eaten up by the media.
Does anybody care about Roman Reigns' opinion? Not as much as the goaltender who once captained the Vancouver Canucks.
8 Jeremy Roenick
It's time for a classic with Jeremy Roenick, one of the best or worst (depending how you look at it) talkers in the game of hockey. Throughout his career, Roenick accumulated over five hundred goals and much backlash.
Jeremy Roenick spoke openly about anything. Roenick was often criticized by fans but would not skate quietly away like many other players. Roenick would give just as much heat as he received.
Jeremy Roenick is one of the greatest hockey heels of all time. Something Roman Reigns could not pull off in WWE.
7 Brad Marchand
Brad Marchand currently plays for the Big, Bad, Boston Bruins where he is just one of many hated NHL players. Despite this dislike factor, Marchand plays hard each night and has earned his spot.
While speaking to the media, there is a calm cockiness behind Brad Marchand with overtones of smug. Marchand is not the worst of the Bruins but certainly plays his role well in making people hate the squad.
Many fans hate Roman Reigns anyway, but that is not the intention. Reigns is calm but the cockiness is lacking.
6 Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel found his way over to Pittsburgh this offseason and was thought to be the missing component needed to get the Penguins back to the Stanley Cup Final. However, something is wrong in the Steel City this season.
Nevertheless, Phil Kessel continues to play and attempt to adjust while maintaining hope that things will work out in the end. Kessel is one of those players who seemingly enjoys the sound of his own voice and has been known to shoot off at times.
While this is not the best quality to possess as a hockey player, it is great for a wrestler. However, Roman Reigns continues to struggle with the shoot.
5 Alexander Ovechkin
Alexander Ovechkin? Mic skill? ... While his English is broken and his words are sometimes difficult to comprehend, Ovechkin has his own unique set of mic skills; a set unlike any other player in the NHL.
It's hard to listen to Alexander Ovechkin and not laugh. The Washington Capitals superstar captain is goofy and humorous. This is often welcomed in WWE as comedy acts seemingly never fade.
Roman Reigns is virtually humorless. Where's the funny? Reigns is far from being a comedian. Perhaps his cousin, The Rock can help.
4 Ryan Miller
Is Ryan Miller still considered a top NHL goaltender? That's up for debate as the once feared netminder has seemingly lost that stride he possessed while playing for the Buffalo Sabres. Miller currently guards the goal for the Vancouver Canucks.
One thing is for sure about Ryan Miller: regardless of his play, Miller will speak his mind when something bothers or upsets the netminder. Miller can come across as moody or perhaps a little bitter, but it happens to the best.
Roman Reigns is far from moody and sometimes moody can make for great promos. Take a look back at Raven and his mic work.
3 Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic is going to be remembered as one of the most hated (by other fans) Boston Bruins players in franchise history. Currently settled in Los Angeles, Lucic is well on his way to becoming one of the most hated Kings.
This quality possessed by Milan Lucic is one that every wrestling heel wishes they could attain. Lucic is arrogant and brash and even threatens to take lives while participating in the traditional NHL Playoffs handshake line.
It is safe to say that Milan Lucic is much more intense than Roman Reigns, in that Reigns just can't own the hatred in the same manner.
2 Tim Thomas
Where is Tim Thomas these days? Probably sitting at home on his couch and watching Fox News as an unrestricted free agent. Thomas is best known for his time in Boston but has yet to find a new home.
Tim Thomas is an outspoken Conservative who refused to meet President Barack Obama following the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup victory. As a WWE character, Thomas would have meshed well with Zeb Colter.
And this may be the biggest problem with Roman Reigns: there is nothing controversial about this guy when he speaks.
1 P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban is a bit of a hotshot on the ice but is loved by the fans in Montreal. Subban has become a Hab through-and-through, adding a modern style to the historic franchise and keeping all eyes on the defenseman.
In his interviews, P.K. Subban is charming and comical. Subban commands the spotlight without any real effort as speaking to the media seems natural. The kid-loving Subban would be a perfect fit in WWE during this PG Era.
As for Roman Reigns, there is nothing natural about his mic skills as they seem forced upon the audience each week. Reigns lacks the charisma of P.K. Subban.
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